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Quick Hits: Prospect Watch

With no Red Wings hockey to watch, what better time to learn even more about our farm team and the entire system?

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At the Joe

Grand Rapids Griffins Training Camp: 5 Players to Watch | The Detroit Sports Site
My favorite name on this list is Adam Almquist. While he's not going to be the next Nick Lidstrom or even the next Brendan Smith, he has a real chance of making the NHL one day. For a 7th round pick, that's not too shabby.

3rd Round Draft Pick: Investments by Mike Ilitch
60 million Hot 'n Ready Pizzas. Think about that for a moment.

The Wizard of Os: Frkwatch Game One: A Rivalry Renewed
PG Marsh is able to attend some of Martin Frk's games this season. Here's his analysis of the prospect's game up in the Q.

Red Wings’ Youngster Draws Comparisons to Dominik Hasek | Hockey Tracker
If Petr Mrazek can be half the player that Dominik Hasek was, well, that would be a success.

Around the NHL

Weekend NHL lockout talks produce little, cancellation of regular season games next step - The Globe and Mail
Regular season games should start getting the axe about midweek if both sides can't come drastically closer together in the next couple of days.

2012 NHL Lockout: Krys Barch Lays It Out On Twitter, Speaks From The Heart - Defending Big D
Former Dallas Stars forward Krys Barch took to Twitter on Saturday in what can only be seen a refreshingly honest view on the lockout.

Hockey Canada clears Nail Yakupov to play in KHL | Puck Daddy - Yahoo! Sports
Now we'll see whether the IIHF will take any action against Sarnia or Hockey Canada for wasting everybody's time (spoiler alert: They won't).

Jeff Skinner won't report to Charlotte Checkers training camp -
What will Hurricanes forward Jeff Skinner do during the NHL lockout? He has the option to play for the Checkers in the AHL but did not report for the start of Charlotte's training camp on Friday.

Katz Apologizes to Edmonton and to Oilers Fans - The Copper & Blue
Since nobody bought the relocation threat, Daryl Katz decided that an apology might be a good idea. Make no mistake the apology was a calculated as the threat to relocate was.

Top 11 People In The NHL That Need To Be Laid Off - St. Louis Game Time
Sign the offeseason needs to end: agreement with Blues fans about something.

2014 Winter Olympics: David Poile Should Lead Team USA - On the Forecheck
David Polie or Brian Burke: Who would you rather have?

Nashville Should Host the Next Winter Classic : The Hockey Writers

Let's Go Red Wings.